During their regularly scheduled meeting today, the Sweetwater County Commissioners unanimously approved to pay over $650,000 to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County for Title 25 funding.
County funding to the hospital for Title 25 was previously on hold pending a meeting to discuss fund disbursement. Title 25 refers to funding for those who are admitted for court ordered treatment who are a danger to themselves and/or others. The county is required to pay for the first 72 hours of Title 25 care.
After a meeting took place last week, an agreement was reached that the county would pay the amount budgetedâ€”approximately $925,000â€”for the entire year. If the hospitalâ€™s Title 25 needs exceed that amount, the hospital has agreed not to request additional funds.
During the meeting today, the Commissioners agreed to pay the amount currently owed of $657,822.86. The commissioners previously paid over $160,000 for Title 25, leaving just under $105,000 of budgeted funds available for the remainder of the fiscal year.